A Gracious Auckland Villa In St Marys Bay - Part One

Mary Gordon is constantly seeking new challenges, admitting she rarely exceeds three years living in one one place. Relishing the challenge of renovating and decorating older homes, Mary came across her St Marys Bay villa a little over 2 years ago when returning from overseas. With views towards the Harbour Bridge and Westhaven Marina, one can clearly see her attraction to its location. However, when Mary originally spotted the villa, it was tired, dated and in desperate need of some TLC. Not afraid of a challenge and with her keen eye, Mary went ahead to buy the property.

If you are familiar with New Zealand 'Villa' architecture, you will know that their usual layout was a central hallway with small rooms leading off each side. Mary's home initially fitted into this category, however, seeing its potential, as soon as the keys were exchanged, 3 month renovation plans were launched and after council approval the work began. Initially downstairs walls were removed to create a spacious open plan area. This area would flow through the living/dining and kitchen into a wonderful all weather outdoor portico, complete with fireplace. Mary chose to keep the main living area light and bright opting for Resene 'Black/White' paintwork to offset the dark wood floors. The dark stain on the floor boards was achieved by mixing several colours together and I think the results are stunning.

The TV lounge below is an exotic mix of patterns and textures as seen in the Ralph Lauren cushions on the sofa and zebra print floor rug. A luxurious possum fur throw, spreads itself across the sofa where Mary's two West Highland Terriers can often be seen snuggling down. Mary painted the walls in this room using a special paint technique. Of course furnishing and styling a room as beautifully as this takes a creative mind and Mary's obvious talent for layering and creating beautiful vignettes has pulled the room together.

Below, a white, country style kitchen leads off the dining room. Classic styled, panelled doors and subway tiles blend with the character of the villa. A large double oven is perfect for entertaining and although the kitchen is compact, it doesn't end there, Mary designed an adjacent butlers pantry, complete with butlers sink and plenty of shelving. What better way to be able to hide the spoils of a dinner party.

Mary went on to create a stunning upstairs master suite, exquisitely decorated guest bedrooms and updated bathrooms. And, not forgetting the exterior and the creation of a delightful, European inspired courtyard complete with topiaries and buxus to welcome her visitors. 

I have far too many images to publish in this post so I will be sharing Mary's stunning upstairs master bedroom and further images in my next post. Mary's bedroom is my favourite room and you definitely won't want to miss seeing it. I will be publishing part two on the 30th September. I fly out that evening for Brisbane for two weeks and will not be publishing while I am away. Leaving you with part two of Mary's house will give you plenty to absorb until I return on the 13th October.

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